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Meet the Candidates: Ville Platte police chief

Posted: 5:57 PM, Oct 19, 2018
Updated: 2018-10-19 19:48:55-04

In Ville Platte, current Police Chief Neal Lartigue has an opponent, Linton Fontenot, who says his years in law enforcement makes him qualified for the job. Lartigue says he has several accomplishments under his belt and has more work to be done.

“I’m a 23-year veteran of this same police department, and I retired in 2011. Since then, I’ve been doing little odd jobs, and now, I’m employed by city hall as the security officer, continuing my law enforcement experience,” Fontenot explained.

Fontenot says his motto is simple: experience, integrity, and loyalty. These are all things he believes he can bring to the Ville Platte Police Department.

Current Chief Neal Lartigue says Ville Platte is home and in his office is where he wants to stay.

“This is my hometown. This is where I was born and raised, and I went to school here and graduated here. My family is here. I just love my town, and I want to stay here and protect it,” Lartigue said.

Fontenot said if he’s elected, more patrol is the first thing on his agenda.

“We are going to do more patrol, better community relations, and we are going to have a good relationship with the public. I’m talking about hands-on,” Fontenot said.

Chief Lartigue says increasing patrol is the very thing he’s working on.

“Well, we have worked hard to clean up the street, and we’ve done a good job at that for a very long time. And, we are still looking to create foot patrol teams to clean up the streets,” Lartigue explains.

Election Day is November 6.